It’s Not About Us – It’s About Him

At Northside, our desire is to lift up Jesus Christ and introduce others to Him.
We believe that people who have the most fulfilling and joyful lives can be described with these words…

“For the Glory of God and the Benefit of Someone Else.”

At our church, we aren’t perfect. Far from it! But we believe that God’s Word has the answers and help that we need.
So we study the Bible, practice what we learn, and, in the process, grow together. 

Weekly Schedule

Preaching/Teaching Service – 11:00 AM
Children’s Sunday School – 11:00 AM
Thursday Afternoon
Bible Study – 1:15 PM
Youth Group – After School

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Community Event: Caleb’s Cape Breton Kitchen Party

cancer fundraiser in Cape Breton, Caleb's Cape Breton Kitchen Party

One of the most difficult words a parent can ever hear are, “I’m sorry, but your child has been diagnosed with cancer.” Cancer is the number one cause of non-accidental death in Canadian children. But that doesn’t make it any easier. In Cape Breton, we have many young families who are fighting cancer. At our church in North Sydney, we know a few of them. Today, we’re proud to feature a family whose loss didn’t stop them from serving other families affected by cancer.

Here’s the inspiring story of Caleb’s Cape Breton Kitchen Party.


Capers Raise Thousands for Cape Breton Cancer Centre

Cape Breton news, Cape Breton events

Here at Northside, we’re excited to start featuring good news stories from our local community. Today, we’re kicking things off with the New Harris Run, Walk, or Crawl. This annual fun run is a fantastic way to support cancer patients and their families right here in Cape Breton. 

Read on to learn how Capers just raised thousands of dollars in the New Harris Run, Walk, or Crawl.

How did the New Harris Run start?

In 2009, the O’Neil family hosted the first New Harris Run in memory of Adam O’Neil. They wanted to gather their community to remember the loved ones they’d lost to cancer. And they wanted to assist the brave patients who were currently fighting cancer. 

They decided to host the Run at the base of Kelly’s Mountain, overlooking the beautiful Bras d’Or Lakes. Participants could either walk along New Harris Road, or they could run a 5K or 10K course. To keep the runners fueled, the family would bake and purchase snacks. 

And, in May of 2009, the first participants hit the ground running. Since then, the New Harris Run has become a popular community event.

On Sunday, May 19, 2019, the New Harris Run celebrated their 10th year! They had a hay ride, a bouncy tent, local entertainment, and yummy, homemade muffins.  

Who benefits from the New Harris Run?

In honour of Adam O’Neil, the family donates 100% of proceeds to the Cape Breton Cancer Centre. This fund supports the families of local cancer patients, so they don’t have to worry as much about finances.
On average, the Cancer Centre serves 150 people a day. According to the Cape Breton Regional Hospital Foundation, “Last year alone, more than $363,000 was disbursed back to cancer patients in Cape Breton and since the program started, more than two million dollars have be given back to help patients right here at home.” 

Since the family donates the snacks, not a single cent of the proceeds is taken off for expenses. Every dollar goes directly to the Cape Breton Cancer Centre. At our church in Sydney Mines, we’re so proud of these generous folks!


How much has been raised to date?

Before the 2019 run, over $36,000 was raised for the Cape Breton Cancer Centre. According to the latest update, the 2019 event raised over $15,000! Way to go, Capers!


How can I get involved in the New Harris Run?

There are lots of ways you can support the New Harris Run, Walk, or Crawl! Here are a few suggestions.

-Run or walk in the New Harris Run, and make a donation.

-Just come by, listen to live music, go on a hay ride, and donate!

-If you can’t attend, just make a donation online.

-Spread the word on your social media to get the word out! 

At our church in Sydney Mines, we’re so proud of the O’Neil Family and everyone who comes out to support the New Harris Run. You’re making our Island a better place! Keep up the great work!


Want to get involved in helping your community? Join the friendly church family of Northside Baptist Church on Sundays at 11:00 am. 

For more information, call 902-304-4707 or email 
Claudine Broussard is a Cape Breton based musician, the social media director of, and coauthor of Seeking Jesus: Stepping Into a Life of Bold Surrender, Freedom, and Deep Joy.

Missions History: William Cameron Townsend


“The greatest missionary is the Bible in the mother tongue. It needs no furlough and is never considered a foreigner.”

-W. Cameron Townsend

In 1917, a young man named Cameron Townsend faced a perplexing decision. A few years before, he had joined the Student Volunteer Movement, pledging to serve in overseas missions. However, World War I intervened, and he signed up to fight the Germans with the National Guard. Matters came to a head when he was assigned to be in two places at once- fighting in France, or giving out Bibles in Guatemala.

What would Cameron Townsend do next?


A Difficult Decision

Worried about persecution, Townsend visited the Bible House office and made the excuse of being assigned to France. But the recruiter called him a coward for choosing battle over Bibles. Stunned, the young man wrote a letter to his commander and asked for a discharge. It was granted, and he soon left to spend a year serving in Guatemala.

While there, Cameron saw extreme poverty and utter ignorance of Christ. When he asked the people, “Do you know who Jesus is?” they would often answer, “There is no Jesus who lives in this village. Maybe He lives in the next village.”


A Life-Changing Moment

But the moment that would transform William’s life occurred near the end of his time in Guatemala.

One fateful day, he was witnessing to a Cakchiquel native about God’s wisdom and sovereignty.

The native responded, “If your God is so smart, why can’t He speak my language?”

Cameron couldn’t answer him. 

Haunted by that moment, the young man soon dropped out of college and joined Central American Missions. 

He studied linguistics and, twelve years of painstaking work later, finished the translation of the New Testament into Cakchiquel.


A Fresh Focus

At this point in his ministry, Cameron realized that missionaries should focus on people groups rather than whole nations. 

In many nations, there were distinct people groups who spoke unique languages—not the standard language of the country.

By 1934, Cameron founded a training camp for Bible translators. He called it Camp Wycliffe. It involved language study, primitive living conditions, and daily schedules.

Within a decade, Camp Wycliffe grew so much that it divided into the Summer Institute of Linguistics and the Wycliffe Bible Translators. 

A Multiplied Ministry

For 60 years, Cameron Townsend served in Latin America, leading the work in Bible translation. During his lifetime, Cameron oversaw the translation of the Bible into 100 languages. He also founded the Jungle Aviation & Radio Service to provide safe transportation for remote missionaries. 

Although Cameron died of leukemia in 1982, his legacy continues with Wycliffe Bible Translators today. As of this writing, over 550 language groups have the entire Bible in their language. Even better, more than 1300 language groups have the New Testament in their mother tongue. And the work is still continuing! At our Baptist church in Cape Breton, we are excited to see what God is doing!

Cameron Townsend was an ordinary man with an extraordinary God. He saw a great need, and he sought to meet that need with God’s help. 


What About You?

What needs do you see in the lives of people around you? Have you asked God to help you meet those needs? Contact us at our Baptist church in Cape Breton to learn more about serving others!


Will you serve others as Cameron Townsend did? Join the friendly church family of Northside Baptist Church on Sundays at 11:00 am. 

For more information, call 902-304-4707 or email


Claudine Broussard is a Cape Breton based musician, the social media director of, and coauthor of Seeking Jesus: Stepping Into a Life of Bold Surrender, Freedom, and Deep Joy.

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